Book Review: Understanding Exposure 4th Edition

The newly revised Fourth Edition of Bryan Peterson’s classic Understanding Exposure is a must own for any photographer looking for ways to improve their craft.This new edition is updated and includes all new pictures to give it a fresh look and incorporate up to date technology. It also includes additional subjects that previous editions did not cover.

Shutter speed, lighting, special techniques and of course exposure and much much more are all encompassed in these pages. Understanding Exposure has for many years been the go to book for professional photographers and this new edition will ensure that it will continue to be a critical resource for years to come.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.



Book Review: Long May She Wave

Bending the book review rules, Long May She Wave is actually a very large collection of collectible postcards focusing on American Flag themes. These postcards come in a very nice box and include duplicates of all 50 designs. The designs are centered around a very large collection of American art curated by Kit Hinrichs.

The appeal of this collection is not the overly jingoistic vibe that this set gives off on the surface. What is most fascinating about these cards is the vast and comprehensive display of folk art and Americana. Everything from quilts to paintings to photos of old toys are included. Antique collectors and lovers of all things vintage will want to take a look.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Book Review: The Acrylic Painter

The Acrylic Painter by James Van Patten is your one stop introduction to the ever expanding and changing medium of acrylic painting. This book is the perfect introduction as the author leaves no stone unturned, covering everything from the history of acrylics to beginner basics to advanced techniques.

Especially impressing is the attention of detail given to the variety of acrylic paints and the tools involved in creating the perfect painting. There is even a section on stretching your own canvass. I am was fairly knowledgeable about the medium but still learned a lot.

With such a glut of art instruction books on the market it is hard to find books that stand out and deserve special attention. This book is one of the few and is essential for the library shelf of every artist…even those who don’t specialize in acrylics. With a concise writing style and vast knowledge, there is more in this volume than your average 166 page book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.